Animating female characters are extremely difficult. They have to go through a range of emotions, and having a film with two female characters and building distinguishing aspects was hard.
Michael Lee on animating Frozen
So that’s their (blatantly misogynistic) excuse for scrapping all but two of the female characters; that they’re too hard to animate? Those emotional female characters, they’re all the same, right? Here’s a hint: their “femaleness” isn’t what’s making them indistinguishable.
Other animators manage it!
I wonder if there’s something being not said here, that there is a depressing trope that female leads are not allowed to deviate from this bland formula of “attractiveness”. It’s also noticeable in male main protagonists, but not nearly to the extent that it is with the ladies.
However, at least female villains had a lot of character (which identifies another annoying trope). Female leads aren’t allowed to gurn, or have startling expressions or double chins or ratty hair because GOD FORBID THEY SHOULD BE DEEMED NOT BANG-WORTHY!
That said, not all animators have the power to determine the designs of characters. Some may have a huge influence on the design, others might not, and the designs are frequently shaped by other people (investors, art directors, studio execs, anyone who has a vested interest in the production).
It could also be said that animated features are paralleling the bland, cookie-cutter actors and actresses that appear in a lot of live-action films. This problem is not limited to animation.
It’s an appalling quote from the animator (if it’s accurate). He MIGHT be saying “it’s hard to animate a character when the smallest deviation makes her look wrong to the person who dictated the design”. Such characters (regardless of gender) are very difficult to animate because you can’t really DO anything interesting with them.
(Also, the quote is actually from the head of animation, Lino Disalvo.)
Historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they’re very, very — you have to keep them pretty and they’re very sensitive to — you can get them off a model very quickly. So, having a film with two hero female characters was really tough, and having them both in the scene and look very different if they’re echoing the same expression; that Elsa looking angry looks different from Anna (Kristen Bell) being angry.
The full quote is worse. (x)
Wow thanks for submitting this it is worse!! And sourced back to the head of animation Lino Disalvo. There’s your direct source anon.
"you have to keep them pretty" fuck offfffffffffffffff
I completely forgot that Gunpowder came out earlier this year! I did a bunch of early character exploration for them when they were still finding their bearings- the final game looks nothing like this, granted, but I’m still pretty happy with these.
SUPRISE Claire enjoys drawing tiny animals dressed as cowboys.
Grande Full-Fat Espresso Con Panna
Rachel says: I just love her curves. I feel like if she wasn’t a coffee her name would be Carmen; a name which I think she probably hates. She’s obviously put off by the bird, which makes me feel like she’s probably not a fan of things that are messy, or fluttery. I think she likes things to be “just so”. She’s probably on her way to something important, like a meeting or a class. She might be a graduate student, in something creative like music. I think she also has a big laugh, and loves really rich desserts, like Tiramisu, and anything with dark chocolate on it.
art by Kora
Multiculturalism for Steampunk is starting up a weekly art challenge, and it looks promising. SO EXCITED. I’ve had a bunch of ideas for non-Western steampunk outfits floating around in my head, and it’s nice actually having a weekly deadline to motivate me to finish some of them.
This is pretty subtle in its steampunkery (read: no extranneous metal bits), but I was just trying to bring in a few western/Victorian elements to traditional Indian clothing- legomuttoned sleeves, the double breasted, collared choli, and adapting the churidar into buttoned spats.
…Also a sweet hat.
Editing to add commentary in response to toryot: No such thing as being oversensitive with this sort of thing! I appreciate it, honestly. I tried to avoid choosing anything specifically British (or any of the imagery specifically associated with colonization/”exploration chic”, things like khaki and piths), and tried to make it seem like the character had agency. I definitely don’t want to pretend I’m creating this in a void, that there aren’t historical and cultural contexts surrounding the politics of dress, but was trying to integrate elements that didn’t overwhelm the original culture.
Granted, I am of the opinion that Steampunk that erases past racial greivances (i.e. alternate history where white people are awesome and never did anything wrong and we’re all best friends) is kinda shitty and naive- that’s why I drew this as a character, and not as a costume design for something I would wear (as a white chick). If one were designing a Steampunk world, it would be unfair to assume that this cultural crossover didn’t happen and wouldn’t have existed, but I honestly apologize that the original post might make it seem like this was drawn solely for aesthetic purposes- and I’d like to address that and make it clear that I am definitely trying to keep context in mind, and am happy to be called out like this.